Tri County Report For May 3rd 2019

New Castle police have arrested a suspect involved in the armed robby of the Last Minute Mart on Wilmington Road earlier this week. According to the department’s Facebook page  19-year-old Kevin Gardner of New Castle was arrested in a parking lot at a Croton Avenue establishment. .  A 16-year-old suspect was  also arrested in connection with the robbery earlier this week. Gardner was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on bond.

A South Beaver Township police officer is recovering after being attacked by a dog this week.  It happened Wednesday afternoon as the officer was responding to a call on Cordak Drive.  Officer Hannah Shepler had extensive wounds and was severely bitten, according to South Beaver Township’s chief of police speaking with the Beaver County Times.  Another officer shot and killed the dog while it was on top of Shepler.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says there are 245 backlogged rape kits in Pennsylvania that have not been tested.  DePasquale says he’s working to get that count down to zero.  The Auditor General says the goal for testing should be 15 days, but some of these kits are more than a year old.  Since focusing on the issue three years ago, DePasquale says the issue has decreased by 90-percent.

Two men from Georgia are in custody for their role in a multistate and multicounty crime spree that hit Cranberry.  Quentavious Price and Xavier Ferguson are accused of targeting mailboxes to steal checks from local businesses.  The two would wash the checks and rewrite them before cashing them.  The two were seen taking mail along Route 19 in Cranberry.

Ninth District State Representative Chris Sainato announced state grants tolaling more that 1.3 million dollars will be used for safety for Lawrence County students, school employees and residents. According to the New Castle News the funding is part of a package of competitive grants administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The New Castle Area School will receive a little over 700 thousand dollars to be used in a number of areas including student counseling services.

Health officials are confirming four more cases of the measles in Allegheny County.  The latest cases all come from the same family, with two kids and one adult visiting from overseas while the fourth person lives in Allegheny County.  Representatives with the Allegheny County Health Department believe one of the patients visited an Enterprise Rental Car on the 22-hundred block of Babcock Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.  The other public exposure could have been at Pittsburgh International Airport on the morning of Tuesday April 16th.

There are now only two people running on from prothonotary on the democratic side of the ticket in Beaver County.  Ashley Trautman suspended her campaign Wednesday, according to the Beaver County Democratic Party.  Because of the timing of the announcement, Trautman’s name will remain on the primary ballot, along with Michael Rossi and Sherri Zibaila.

A Hopewell Township man is pleading guilty to federal gun charges.  Nicholas Padak was already on probation for a theft conviction in Beaver County when he was found with six weapons and ammo in April of 2016.  The 31-year-old also reportedly purchased a seventh gun in 2017 and sold it several months later.  Padak faces up to 50 years in prison and a one million dollar fine.

A lawsuit claims multiple kids with mental health and developmental disabilities have been abused at state-run youth development centers.  In the suit filed by Disability Rights Pennsylvania, there were eleven incidents where staffers said they were restraining kids but were actually abusing them.  D-H-S officials say they are reviewing the complaint and have declined to comment.

Pennsylvania State Police are taking more drugs off the streets.  Troopers say a traffic stop this week on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Somerset County led to the discovery of two-million-dollars in heroin.  A Philadelphia woman was arrested on drug possession, manufacture and delivery charges.